Guest Speakers

Every year our programs invite a special selection of guest speakers – successful men and women drawn from very different walks of life – to engage with students on a wide variety of political, economic, social, artistic, academic, and literary topics. 


Listed below are some of the speakers from recent summers.

Randall Kennedy

The Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations, Professor Kennedy served as a law clerk for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals and for Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court. He is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia and the Supreme Court of the United States. Awarded the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Race, Crime, and the Law, Professor Kennedy writes for a wide range of scholarly and general interest publications. His most recent books are For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law (2013), and The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (2011).


    John Stauffer

    John Stauffer is Professor of English and African American Studies at Harvard University. A leading scholar of the Civil War era, antislavery in particular, Professor Stauffer is author of 19 books, most recently The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song That Marches On (2013), Giants: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln (2008), and The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race (2002). In 2009 his book The Free State of Jones, written with Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins was published. That widely heralded work was a New York Times bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, and adapted into a Hollywood film, which Professor Stauffer served as an advisor for.